What is the Sustainability Ag-vocate Campaign?
How did you get into farming?
I got into farming when I worked on my first organic farm, which was a vineyard. It showed me a different way to grow edible plants without the use of pesticides and herbicides. I became fascinated after that. I owe that inspiration to my former boss, David Guyer. From then on I have worked as a landscaper, tree climber, and on other organic farms. About 6 years I started my own vegetable farm!
What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a farmer?
Access to capital to make ourselves as efficient as possible is our biggest challenge. Also, the climate, farming in a rainforest has its challenges!
What are your thoughts and beliefs on farming in the face of climate change?
I believe small farms can absolutely help stave off climate change. The carbon footprint would be drastically reduced.What are some misconceptions you hear about farming and agriculture when it comes to climate change that you'd like to address?
That we can farm and not till the soil to do so. We are no-till and this reduces the amount of carbon that would go into the atmosphere if we were to till every time we plant. Also the misconception about the amount of food you can grow on just 1 or 2 acres!!
What future are you farming for and how do you think your farm can make a difference?